Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds council cancels New Year celebration to cut costs

The £33,000 New Year's Eve celebrations in Leeds have been cancelled, as the council says it needs to save money.

Leeds City Council said the decision to cancel the festivities on 31 December had been made in order to address "ongoing budget pressures".

In previous years the New Year celebrations have taken place on the city's Briggate and Headrow.

They have included live music, street entertainers and a huge fireworks display above Leeds Town Hall.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, the Labour-run council's executive board member responsible for leisure services, said: "Having looked at New Year's Eve and discussed it with partner agencies, we have agreed not to have any official council celebration this year.

"We hope people will not be too disappointed by this but the budget pressures we are facing meant a saving needed to be made."

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